attain


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at·tain

 (ə-tān′)
v. at·tained, at·tain·ing, at·tains
v.tr.
1. To gain as an objective; achieve: attain a diploma by hard work.
2. To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time: Redwoods can attain a height of 300 feet.
v.intr.
To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression: attained to high office; eventually attained to wisdom.

[Middle English atteinen, from Old French ataindre, ataign-, to reach to, from Vulgar Latin *attangere, from Latin attingere : ad-, ad- + tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

at·tain′a·bil′i·ty n.
at·tain′a·ble adj.

attain

(əˈteɪn)
vb
1. (tr) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
2. (tr) to reach or arrive at in space or time: to attain old age.
3. (often foll by: to) to arrive (at) with effort or exertion: to attain to glory.
[C14: from Old French ateindre, from Latin attingere to reach, from tangere to touch]
atˈtainable adj
atˌtainaˈbility, atˈtainableness n

at•tain

(əˈteɪn)

v.t.
1. to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one's goals.
2. to come to or arrive at: to attain the mountain peak.
v.i.
3. to succeed in reaching something: to attain to knowledge.
4. to reach in the course of development or growth: These trees attain to remarkable height.
[1300–50; Middle English atei(g)nen < Anglo-French, Old French ateign-, s. of ateindre < Vulgar Latin *attangere (for Latin attingere) = Latin at- at- + tangere to touch]
at•tain′a•ble, adj.
at•tain`a•bil′i•ty, at•tain′a•ble•ness, n.
at•tain′er, n.
syn: See gain1.

attain

- First meant "bring to justice."
See also related terms for justice.

attain


Past participle: attained
Gerund: attaining

Imperative
attain
attain
Present
I attain
you attain
he/she/it attains
we attain
you attain
they attain
Preterite
I attained
you attained
he/she/it attained
we attained
you attained
they attained
Present Continuous
I am attaining
you are attaining
he/she/it is attaining
we are attaining
you are attaining
they are attaining
Present Perfect
I have attained
you have attained
he/she/it has attained
we have attained
you have attained
they have attained
Past Continuous
I was attaining
you were attaining
he/she/it was attaining
we were attaining
you were attaining
they were attaining
Past Perfect
I had attained
you had attained
he/she/it had attained
we had attained
you had attained
they had attained
Future
I will attain
you will attain
he/she/it will attain
we will attain
you will attain
they will attain
Future Perfect
I will have attained
you will have attained
he/she/it will have attained
we will have attained
you will have attained
they will have attained
Future Continuous
I will be attaining
you will be attaining
he/she/it will be attaining
we will be attaining
you will be attaining
they will be attaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been attaining
you have been attaining
he/she/it has been attaining
we have been attaining
you have been attaining
they have been attaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been attaining
you will have been attaining
he/she/it will have been attaining
we will have been attaining
you will have been attaining
they will have been attaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been attaining
you had been attaining
he/she/it had been attaining
we had been attaining
you had been attaining
they had been attaining
Conditional
I would attain
you would attain
he/she/it would attain
we would attain
you would attain
they would attain
Past Conditional
I would have attained
you would have attained
he/she/it would have attained
we would have attained
you would have attained
they would have attained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.attain - to gain with effortattain - to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
score - get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance; "She scored high on the SAT"; "He scored a 200"
get to, progress to, reach, make - reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade"
bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, succeed, win, come through - attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
begin - achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"
come to, strike - attain; "The horse finally struck a pace"
culminate - reach the highest or most decisive point
compass - bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
average - achieve or reach on average; "He averaged a C"
finagle, wangle, manage - achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
2.attain - reach a point in time, or a certain state or levelattain - reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
arrive, come, get - reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"
max out - reach a maximum; "I maxed out on all my credit cards"
break even - attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport
3.attain - find unexpectedlyattain - find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
regain, find - come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
4.attain - reach a destination, either real or abstractattain - reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
catch up - reach the point where one should be after a delay; "I caught up on my homework"
surmount, scale - reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
get at, access - reach or gain access to; "How does one access the attic in this house?"; "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"
bottom out - reach the low point; "Prices bottomed out and started to rise again after a while"
peak, top out - to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929";"Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million"
summit, breast - reach the summit (of a mountain); "They breasted the mountain"; "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"
top - reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
make - reach in time; "We barely made the plane"
find - succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrow found its mark"
culminate - reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
come through, get through - succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems; "We finally got through the bureaucracy and could talk to the Minister"
run aground, ground - hit or reach the ground

attain

verb
1. obtain, get, win, reach, effect, land, score (slang), complete, gain, achieve, earn, secure, realize, acquire, fulfil, accomplish, grasp, reap, procure He's halfway to attaining his pilot's licence.
2. reach, achieve, realize, acquire, arrive at, accomplish attaining a state of calmness and confidence

attain

verb
1. To succeed in doing:
Slang: score.
2. To reach (a goal or objective):
Informal: hit on (or upon).
Translations
يَنال، يَبْلُغ، يُحَقِّق
dosáhnout
opnå
ná, öîlast
iegūtsasniegt

attain

[əˈteɪn]
A. VT (= achieve, reach) [+ knowledge] → lograr; [+ happiness] → lograr, conquistar; [+ goal, aim] → lograr, conseguir, alcanzar; [+ age, rank] → llegar a, alcanzar; (= get hold of) → conseguir
B. VI (frm) to attain tollegar a

attain

[əˈteɪn] vtparvenir à, atteindre, acquérir

attain

vt aim, rank, age, perfectionerreichen; knowledge, independenceerlangen; happiness, prosperity, powergelangen zu; he has attained his ambitionser hat sein Ziel erreicht
vi to attain to something (to perfection)etw erreichen; to prosperity, powerzu etw gelangen; to attain to man’s estate (form)das Mannesalter erreichen (form)

attain

[əˈteɪn] vt (ambition) → realizzare; (age, rank, happiness) → raggiungere, arrivare a

attain

(əˈtein) verb
to gain; to achieve. He attained all his ambitions.
References in classic literature ?
As he mused he became keenly sensible of the deep responsibility they assume who disregard the means to attain the end, and of all the danger of setting in motion an engine which it exceeds human power to control.
It was only with the assistance of a servant, and by leaning his hand heavily on the iron balustrade, that he could slowly and painfully ascend the Custom-House steps, and, with a toilsome progress across the floor, attain his customary chair beside the fireplace.
The creature is some sixteen feet in length, while its horn averages five feet, though some exceed ten, and even attain to fifteen feet.
so, deprived of one leg, and the strange ship of course being altogether unsupplied with the kindly invention, Ahab now found himself abjectly reduced to a clumsy landsman again; hopelessly eyeing the uncertain changeful height he could hardly hope to attain.
Her corn-cake, in all its varieties of hoe-cake, dodgers, muffins, and other species too numerous to mention, was a sublime mystery to all less practised compounders; and she would shake her fat sides with honest pride and merriment, as she would narrate the fruitless efforts that one and another of her compeers had made to attain to her elevation.
Michaux, who knew but part of them, says that "the species of large trees are much more numerous in North America than in Europe; in the United States there are more than one hundred and forty species that exceed thirty feet in height; in France there are but thirty that attain this size.
It was reported to us that your powers could not attain unto their full strength until the morrow; but --"
The whole of the ridge was exceedingly narrow, and the fall on each side desperately steep, but the ice in some of these intervals between the masses of rock assumed the form of a mere sharp edge, almost like a knife; these places, though not more than three or four short paces in length, looked uncommonly awkward; but, like the sword leading true believers to the gates of Paradise, they must needs be passed before we could attain to the summit of our ambition.
He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it -- namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
The people whom she interviewed either remembered their present need of soap, or reminded themselves that they would need it in the future; the notable point in the case being that lucky Rebecca accomplished, with almost no effort, results that poor little Emma Jane failed to attain by hard and conscientious labor.
Let the calum- niators of the colored race despise themselves for their baseness and illiberality of spirit, and hence- forth cease to talk of the natural inferiority of those who require nothing but time and opportunity to attain to the highest point of human excellence.
To attain this end, are you justified in overleaping an obstacle of custom--a mere conventional impediment which neither your conscience sanctifies nor your judgment approves?